Feb 11, 2013 5:00pm EST
succeeding pope john paul. some say he didn't go far enough. >> he wasn't ever as popular as the other popes and there are a lot of questions over how he handled the sex scandal in particular. >> reporter: there are several contenders but no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair. >> reporter: pope benedict appointed half the cardinals that will choose his successor. the vatican hopes to have a new pope by easter at the end of the month. at the vatican, anna batangra. >> angelo scola, and cardinal mark polet, are in the running. >>> the pope's decision stunned the local catholic community. rochelle richie has reaction from catholics and the arch bishop. >> reporter: this news is very unexpected and many parisheners is very surprised. parishioner are stunned that pope benedict is stepping down. >> the only thing i'm thinking is he may be sick. >> reporter: it's been more than 600 years since the pope has resigned. this afternoon at the archdiocese, arch bishop lori is thanking the pope for his nine y
Feb 14, 2013 5:00pm EST
. many still have pope john paul ii. the election of the new pope is also expected to bring an economic boom to rome. >> we're increasing all our services. social services. all of our security. >> reporter: 4 million pill pilgrims came for the last conclave in 2005. the city of rome is getting ready for the same number this time. at the vatican, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during a trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision, though, to retire. >>> still ahead on eyewitness news. not a bad man. why two of ex-lapd christopher dorner's final victims say they felt compassion for their captor. >>> i'm bob turk in the first warning weather center. after a warmer friday, more wintry precip is possible. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. >>> and here's today's cold, cough and flu report. we'll be right back. >>> beautiful sunset there. one of the few high clouds coming in. but a warm end to the week.